In the midst of not only a heat wave, but also a drought, I have sensibly stocked the fridge with numerous refreshing bottles of white wine. With an afternoon temperature of 97 degrees, I ravenously gave a pour to Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2011. Pine Ridge was established in 1978 by Gary Andrus with a goal of producing wines that were similar to those produced in Bordeaux. Today, the Estate spans over 200 acres across 5 renowned Napa Valley appellations. They follow a winemaking philosophy of uncovering and showcasing “the exceptional qualities of the diverse estate vineyards”. The Chenin Blanc and Viognier blend was created as an experiment in blending two varietals never seen together before, the blend successfully evolved into one of Pine Ridge’s most popular wines. The winery practices sustainable farming in their vineyards; using such methods as allowing biodiversity to assist in pest control and mechanical and had soil aeration to discourage weed growth.
Very pale gold in colour, aromas of citrus blossoms, rich honey and stone minerals swirled about in my glass. Golden apple and baked pear flavours entwined with lush honeysuckle notes in the light to medium body. Hints of spicy white pepper mingled with zesty grapefruit and stone minerals in the crisp finish, whilst lingering traces of honey resonated from beginning to end. Possessing a well-structured harmony of sweet fruit and refreshing acidity, this is a crowd pleasing bottle that can be paired with a broad spectrum of dishes, from light summer fare to spicy Thai curries.
79% Chenin Blanc, 21% Viognier
Produced and Bottled by Pine Ridge Vineyards, Oakville
Enjoy now thru 2013
*Rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate